Lebanon: Shooting Attack on a Peaceful Demonstration in Tayouneh

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AlMayadeen correspondent in Lebanon reported that 6 peaceful protesters were killed and 60 wounded after being shot by snipers in the Tayouneh area of ​​Beirut.

In response, the Commandos Regiment of the Lebanese Army had reinforced its deployment in the Tayouneh area to contain the situation.

Our correspondent also confirmed that the army arrested a sniper attacking the demonstrators from one of the surrounding buildings.

The director of the AlMayadeen office in Beirut indicated that at least 4 gunmen were shooting from a building in Tayouneh, where they holed up. She added that the army is trying to arrest a number of suspects.

The events unfolded as demonstrators flocked to the Justice Palace in Beirut to protest the measures taken by judge Tariq Bitar, in tandem with a sit-in organized by lawyers inside the Judicial Council.

Bitar, the judicial investigator into the Beirut Port Blast, was accused of partiality by multiple parties.

Citizens were surprised by the armed ambush as fire suddenly broke out from a building.

Commenting on the events in Tayouneh, the Lebanese army issued a statement in which it stated that protesters were exposed to bursts of fire while heading to the Palace’s area in Beirut, and that the army rushed to cordon off the Tayouneh area in Beirut and spread in its neighborhoods and at its entrances.

The army confirmed that its units will shoot at any armed person on the streets.

Hezbollah, Amal Movement: “Lebanese Forces” Snipers Deliberately Opened Fire at Protesters, Claiming Martyrs and Injured

Hezbollah and Amal Movement issued on Thursday a joint statement which indicated that “Lebanese Forces” party’s armed groups, deployed in Tayouneh area, opened fire, deliberately killing and injuring that big number of protesters.

The statement clarified that the “Lebanese Forces” snipers resorted to the roofs of the buildings and the close neighborhoods to carry out their attacks on the protestors who were peacefully demonstrating off the Justice Palace against the politicization of the Beirut blast probe.

Hezbollah and Amal Movement called on the Army and security forces to assume their responsibilities by arresting the culprits whose identities are well-known.

The statement also called for arresting the instigators who administered the operation from their dark chambers and inflicting the severest penalties on them.

Hezbollah and Amal Movement hailed the protestors for participating in the peaceful demonstration, offering deep condolences to the families of the martyrs and vowing to pursue their case until justice is served.

Six martyrs and around 30 injured were reported during the armed attack carried out by the “Lebanese Forces” gunmen on the peaceful protestors in Tayouneh area.

Source: Al-Manar